The government has enforced another Movement Control Order (MCO) in six states, to stem the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, in a televised address this evening, announced that the MCO will come into effect for two weeks from midnight on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, until Jan 26, 2021.

"The MCO will be enforced in six sytates, namely Penang, Selangor, the Federal Territory (Labuan and Kuala Lumpur), Melaka, Johor and Sabah, while the Conditional MCO (CMCO) will be in force in six states - Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu, and Kelantan.

"As for Perlis and Sarawak, the Recovery MCO (RMCO) will be in force for the two-weeks period," said the premier.

According to Muhyiddin, the six earlier states were put under MCO as they were deemed to carry high-risk of COVID-19 infections by the Health Ministry, and where its health service system had reached maximum capacity.

He added that the Health Ministry will continue to gauge whether the enforcement measures should be extended further or shortened, during the two-week period.

The enforcement will see social events, such as wedding receptions, seminars, courses, and even Thaipusam celebrations, banned altogether.

However, for states under the RMCO, social events will be allowed to take place, subject to strict compliance to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

"Interstate travel is not allowed at all, whereas those who are in areas under the MCO, cannot even cross districts.

"To prevent interstate and interdistrict travelling, roadblocks will be set up from midnight on Wednesday, Jan 13," he said.

Travel in areas under the MCO will also be limited to within 10 kilometres of one's residence.

"Only two members of a household will be allowed to go out in the same vehicle to buy essential items. Those found flouting this law can be fined a maximum of RM1,000."

According to Muhyiddin, five economic sectors - manufacturing, construction, service, trade, and agriculture and commodity, will be allowed to operate during this period.

As for offices, Muhyiddin said only about 30 per cent workforce in the managament category will be allowed to be in the office, while the employer will decide on the attendance frequency of workers in the support group.

Restaurants under the MCO area will only be allowed to serve take away food while eateries under CMCO and RMCO areas can operate as usual, subject to strict SOP adherence.

As for education, students sitting for major examinations will be allowed to attend school, even in areas under MCO. The Education Ministry will announce details on this soon.

Physical activities such as jogging and cycling are allowed, but limited to a maximum of two people from the same household, and with a distance of two metres from one another when outside.

Muhyiddin also revealed that as of today, 70 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country involve locals, unlike the second wave where the majority infected were foreigners.

If no steps are taken to contain the spread, Malaysia could see the number of new cases increase to over 5,000 cases daily in April, and subsequently, more than 8,000 cases daily in May, he warned.

The announcement comes amid Malaysia recording four digit COVID-19 infections daily.

Today, 2,232 new infections and four deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of cases and deaths in the country to 138,224 and 555, respectively.

The global infection and death tally from the coronavirus have surpassed 90.6 million, and 1.94 million, respectively.